Maryland Football: Expect More of the Same as the Season Continues


Sep 26, 2015; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers corner back Rick Rumph III (3) and safety KJ Dillon (9) celebrate after a second quarter interception against the Maryland Terrapins during the second quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland football team appeared to be getting back on track in their Week 3 victory over South Florida, but that was just too good to be true. The Terps were humbled once again this past Saturday, getting thrashed by West Virginia 45-6.

Maryland was absolutely dominated on both sides of the football against the Mountaineers. The defense surrendered 601 total yards to an explosive West Virginia offense. The Terps, themselves, only managed to tally 326 yards on the day. The Mountaineers also had no issues controlling the time of possession. On the defensive end, they forced six (count it), six Terps’ turnovers.

Although this was an embarrassing loss for Maryland, it should come as a surprise to no one. Maryland is just not a good football team. There are way too many holes for the Terps to even be competitive with the better teams in the country.

For one, Randy Edsall can’t seem to decide who he wants to be the starting quarterback. That’s because none of their three quarterbacks have been able to put a stranglehold on the position. In fact, they all have looked pretty bad. Usually, the problem is inconsistency. But, in this case, Maryland’s quarterbacks have been very consistent (consistently bad that is). 

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Running back Brandon Ross was able to get it going in the ground game on Saturday, racking up 150 yards. However, the positives on offense pretty much came to a complete halt there. The Terps’ offensive line had been praised on the fact that they hadn’t given up a sack heading into that game, but they gave up three to the Mountaineers. The pieces just can’t seem to come together for this offense.

As bad as Maryland has been on offense, the defense may be even more disappointing. We didn’t expect them to have a dominant defense, but we did project this experienced secondary to be a point of strength. Clearly, our expectations were too high. They were exposed for the second time this season. All-Big Ten cornerback Will Likely even had his hands full all game long, chasing around wide receiver Shelton Gibson. It was one of the worst performances of his career.

When your best player is struggling, it doesn’t quite smell like a recipe for success. If this continues, the Terps may be doomed.

The road for Maryland will only get harder as the season progresses. They take on the 22nd-ranked Michigan Wolverines this Saturday. The Wolverines are starting to find themselves and that’s not good news for Maryland.

The Terps may have actually fooled us into believing they could surprise some people this season. But, they are who we thought they were. Their woes will probably continue, so buckle up for a long season, Maryland fans.

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